My review of Costa by Jose Pedro Cortes (Pierre von Kleist Editions, 2013) is now available on fototazo. Read it here and get the book here.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
My review of Ad Infinitum by Kris Vervaeke (Self, 2013) is now available on photo-eye. You can get the book here.
All images © Kris Vervaeke
Posted by Adam at 9:50 AM
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
My review of Betsy Karel's Conjuring Paradise (Radius, 2013) is now available on photo-eye. You can read the review here and get the book here.
All images © Betsy Karel and Radius Books
Posted by Adam at 1:06 PM
My review of Erik Schubert's How to Win Friends and Influence People (Lavalette, 2013) in now available on Paper-Journal. You can read it here.
Posted by Adam at 11:50 AM
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I'm very excited to be included in Gyroscope Print's postcard print subscription program. Subscribe now and get a print from my series Hollow Earth. There is also a nice write up of my work on their site here. Stay tuned to their site all week for some of my favorite photographer's work.
Here is a sample of some of the past postcards.
Scott Alario, from Our Fable
Here is a sample of some of the past postcards.
Posted by Adam at 10:41 AM
The Sochi Project: An Atlas Of War And Tourism In The Caucasus by Rob Hornstra and Arnold Van Bruggen
You can read it here and get the book here. Learn more about the Sochi project here.
Posted by Adam at 10:28 AM
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
My review of Paul Salveson's Between the Shell (MACK, 2013) is now available on photo-eye. You can get the book here.
Vacillating between evidentiary shots of food, synthetically encased stuff and absurdist assemblages of suburban junk, Salveson responds with a child-like sense of wonder to the world around him. Between the Shell is the kind of work Peter Fraser and Fischl & Weiss might create if they collaborated while trapped in a suburban wood-paneled basement. Salveson’s work combines a forensic-like attention to the surface and details of each object with a curious reimagining of the objects’ relation to their environment and intended purpose. Mundane objects like cheese puffs, plush carpets and dough are transformed into foreign objects that are simultaneously fascinating, hilarious and revolting. Foodstuff is twisted and contorted into new shapes. Carpets become alien geometric surfaces. A Jacuzzi light morphs into a menacing portal. A children’s wooden bead maze weaves through the frame and dances in front of a shelf covered with baskets and seashells – the lines and shapes merging and breaking apart.
In some ways, the work is reminiscent of what oddly 3D modeled images might look like translated into real-life and photographed. Simply following the user’s command, programs, like the largely user-generated Second Life, allow for untenable juxtapositions that defy gravity, logic and real world context. Likewise, Salveson imaginatively reworks everyday objects and places then in strange new locations. In one image, a box is pristinely wrapped in a splotched purplish bath towel. In another, a bone shaped wedge of meat, or dough, bisects a diamond-shaped formation of perfectly baked bread rolls. In both images, the purpose is beside the point. Salveson’s himself notes the solitary nature of his work when he says they “unfolding like a private performance in an empty house.” While Salveson’s images have an internal logic we are not entirely privy to, it doesn’t mean they don’t delight and confuse in equal measure
Brick-like and printed on thin cardboard, the design and look of the book are also striking and more closely resembles a children’s board book than a traditional photobook. This feels entirely appropriate given the whimsical nature of the work and recalls recent board books like Eirik Johnson’s Borderland and Takeshi Homma’s Tokyo Suburbia. The clean spare design also works wonderfully. The full-bleed images achieve a confrontational, yet cheeky, quality that might be lost on a more conventional layout.
It seems hopelessly anachronistic to insist that artists’ continually make it ‘new.’ Yet, this is what all artists must do. To have any significance and longevity, they must speak to the conditions of their time with the materials of their time. Whether it means revising something old and forgotten or embracing the next thing, it is unavoidable. With so many young artists reenacting well-trod photographic tropes and styles from the past, its refreshing to see work that is at once so purely traditional and photographic, yet also so seemingly new, ugly and strange. We may not like what we see, but we can’t deny that Salveson forces us to look at the world and all our stuff in new ways.
Please Note: This review originally appeared on photo-eye on January 9th, 2014. You can get the book here.
Posted by Adam at 12:55 PM
Thursday, January 09, 2014
Check out my short review of Joan Fontcuberta's The Photography of Nature & The Nature of Photography (MACK, 2013) in the latest issue of afterimage.
Posted by Adam at 10:30 AM